Dalot would replicate celebration

Tuesday 27 February 2024 08:00

Diogo Dalot says he is unlikely to be changing his 'pulse' celebration any time soon and will leave some of the new ones to his younger team-mates.

Manchester United's win over West Ham United at the beginning of February saw Alejandro Garnacho, Rasmus Hojlund and Kobbie Mainoo sit on the advertising hoardings for an iconic pose in front of the Stretford End, in the wake of Garnacho's first goal.

Hojlund had marked his strike in the game by playing an imaginary guitar, a reference to a present he was given at Christmas.

Dalot was the first Red to hit the net in 2024, curling home a beauty in the Emirates FA Cup third-round victory at Wigan Athletic, which led to him showing off his customary fingers-on-the-neck position.

He also pulled out the celebration against our next opponents, Nottingham Forest, when scoring against them in April 2023, and the inspiration behind this was his coolness when playing the card game Uno.

When asked if we might see more fresh celebrations as the campaign reaches its critical phase, Dalot told United Review, the official matchday programme: "That would be a good sign. It's a sign that we will be scoring.

"We'll be scoring a lot of goals. So the mandate is for them to think about new celebrations and creativity, I'll keep mine [the same], if I score one. So I just keep it short and sharp. Just the one and I'll leave the creativity to them."

While Dalot's celebration is incredibly calm, he has been known to react with much more abandon when his colleagues hit the net.

This is something he readily accepts, as he gets lost in the moment, just like any fan does.

“Yeah, I think I celebrate more when I don’t score!" he agreed. "More when my team-mates score than when I’m actually scoring a goal.

"I mean it just shows how much I care about first, the club, and then my team-mates. The way they score and the team reacts, I think that’s the most important.

"And for them to feel my energy. I think it’s also important for them to know that I will celebrate with them when we win. As long as we keep together, as long as we act as a team, I think we can do it.”